Processor Speed (Early 2008 MacBook vs. New i5 Air)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rbh0514, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. rbh0514 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2011
    My old 2008 Black Macbook has finally died. The LCD screen will not turn on, and requires me to hook up an external monitor.

    I am thinking about upgrading to the new i5 Macbook Air, but worried the process is slower then my old computer. I understand this may be a dumb question, but hoping someone with more knowledge in processor speed can help me out.

    What is the difference between:

    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Early 2008 Macbook)


    2013 i5 MBA?

  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    The new MacBook air i5 has a 2.6 GHz processor with turbo boost as well as hyperthreading. It will destroy the old one in performance.

    You can't directly compare GHz either.

    Haswell 2.6>>>>C2D 2.6

    Combine that with the ridiculously fast SSD and it'll be a huge upgrade
  3. hbksabhi macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2013
    Night and day is an understatement

    New haswell i5 scores 3500 in benchmark in passmark
    Q9550 core to quad which i have scores around 4000

    Comsidering the latter is a full desktop processor th e processor is more than enough and combine that with blazing ssd , its no comparison
  4. rbh0514 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2011
    Awesome! Thank you so much, this is the answer I was looking for. I knew it would be an upgrade, just tough cause I know I paid more back in '08 for the "upgraded" Macbook.
  5. Tarrou8 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2013
    I have a Black Macbook from late 2007 (2.16 GHz C2D). As previous posters have stated, the difference in processor speed is more than night and day. It's like going from Earth to another planet entirely.
  6. xproc macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2012
    2013 MacBook Air will trash overall 2008 lineup , maybe even 2009

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